Snooker World Championship 2012

This entry was posted on Friday, April 20th, 2012

MMMMM….Snooker.

Many refer to the World Championship as the “marathon of the mind,” and with 17 days of intense action on the green baize, all sorts of things can happen. We think there is therefore some tremendous betting value to be found.

First up is a tip for a bet at the earliest opportunity of the tournament as Luca Brecel becomes the youngest ever participant aged 17 and 45 days when he faces Stephen Maguire in the first round. The Belgian impressed everyone by seeing off World Number 31 Mark King in his final qualifier whilst Maguire arrives in decent form having reached the final of the China Open Final. We think the value could be with a small bet at 4.8 on the youngster whose confident swagger should see him settle quickly.   

The market over whether there will be a 147 break during the tournament always attracts interest. It’s mainly priced up as 8/11 ‘No’ 11/10 ‘Yes’ and we are happy to back ‘No’ with Bet365. Interestingly there was a maximum break in qualifying last week, but there has only been a maximum during the World Championship tournament in 2003, 2005, 2008 and 2009 in the last fifteen years.

You can also have a bet on which player will win each quarter of the draw and make their way to the last four and we like the look of John Higgins to win the first quarter. He’s a 13/8 shot with Bet365 and we feel last year’s winner has the easiest of all the sections of the draw to navigate.

In the outright betting we’re happy to place our faith in Ding Junhui at 11/1 on Bet365. He played brilliantly last year before losing a sensational semi final to Judd Trump and we’ve already seen him lift the Welsh Open and Championship League this season. Most recently he bowed out of the China Open in the semi-final to eventual winner Peter Ebdon, but he did enough to convince us he’s good enough to last the distance.

Ding dong indeed.

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